WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a grant program to help fund projects that provide business planning and other value-added activities for family farmers.
The Value-Added Producer Grant Program. administered by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, has been established to help eligible farmers develop or expand activities such as feasibility studies, business plans, and marketing strategies. The department also plans to provide working capital for expenses such as implementing an existing viable marketing strategy.
Priority funding will go to projects that contribute to opportunities for beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches, according to new department regulations.
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